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A Woman’s Woman – VA, MD, DC Personal Branding Photographer

Yes, another Personal Branding session. I told you the Universe was listening!

Meet Jessica. Jessica is one of the sweetest, most kind and compassionate, open and authentic women I know. I met her at Pure Prana Yoga Studio where I teach yoga.

Jessica is a prenatal yoga instructor and doula and was in need of images for her website and business Bliss Birth Yoga. I was so excited when she contacted me because I love photographing women, I love photographing women entrepreneurs and I love photographing yoga and wellness entrepreneurs. Triple love!

I have questionnaires for clients that help us identify what they want out of their session. Often, myself included when I had a photo shoot last year, we don’t know what we want other than great photos. But I want to reveal that magic that lies within you, so sometimes we need to dig a little deeper.

For her business and website, Jessica wanted to show her nurturing confidence, her strong desire and ability to support women and to show that she is a “woman’s woman.” More love because I’m ALL ABOUT the ladies — empowering, supporting, uplifting. And to help Jessica show her qualities that related to this? Let’s just say synchronicity flowed.

She also shared the following with me: “I love supporting women during one of the great, most challenging days of their lives.  Every time a woman has a positive birth experience, it’s a step forward in changing the culture towards valuing women, and their physiological natural power.  I do this work to create change for women and their families.   I love my clients and all my students so deeply.  I love them for their struggles and challenges – for the stage of life that they are in and all it’s richness for growth.  I love them because they are me and I am them.  We are interconnected as sisters.” Makes you want to get pregnant and have a baby so you can have Jessica support you, doesn’t it?! She embodies this, 100% even when it was a photoshoot. You can feel the love she has for these ladies.

I love this and I loved working with Jessica. What an amazing, bright soul.

And big, huge, gigantic thanks to Lauren Feliz Durshin from Beauty By Word Of Mouth for coming out and doing Jessica’s makeup. Lauren is AMAZING! Check her out while you’re at it:)

And big, huge, gigantic thanks to our pregnant models who came out.

And finally, thank you Jessica, for trusting me to capture your essence. I am blessed and beyond grateful.

 

 

 

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Survivor | VA/MD/DC Personal Branding Photographer

What the? Two blog posts in one day? YES! Normally I would wait until a weekday morning to do another blog post. You know when people are at work and looking for anything to distract themselves from what they have to do:) Not a Friday evening when folks are sitting down with that cocktail to end the week. But I just couldn’t make Paige wait another second for her sneak peeks.

I met Paige through Pure Prana Yoga Studio as well. I was teaching Vigorous Vinyasa Friday evenings and she was a regular in that class. I remember her learning to do headstand without being next to the wall because she was going on a yoga retreat where there might not be a wall to literally lean on. Then a few years later we ending up in the same teacher training at Pure Prana! After our teacher training ended we decided to get tattoos together to mark that time. Paige was working in a somewhat conservative field and got her tattoo on her foot where it could be disguised somewhat.

Then life got complicated. My husband became paralyzed from a staph infection and I got tied up with some care taking and his recovery, which over the last five years is at about 90% or so. Pretty miraculous stuff. Then Paige had a stroke. Yes, you read that right. How does a healthy, fit, yoga and meditation teacher have a stroke?? Because life throws serious curve balls at you and doesn’t care how healthy and fit you are or that you take the time and work at being stress free. Paige has recovered very well from that stroke, although, just like my husband, just because you look ok on the outside, doesn’t necessarily mean all is 100% hunky dory. There’s always lingering things and really you are never the same person again. But maybe you’re a better version of yourself.

Since then Paige has stepped out of the conservative work life and is now working for herself teaching yoga and meditation full time! So she wanted some photos to use for some marketing purposes. But she also wanted to capture who she is right now. Which is awesome. She might be a different version of herself but her awesome personality and silly self that I remember is still very much there. I knew going into this session that it would be a blast and that there would be lots of laughing. And she got another tattoo! On her forearm this time. To mark the journey of being a stroke survivor.

We got together on a fabulous Fall day to get some images of her and her hubby along with their cute little dogs. I wanted to get some shots of her meditating at home because I knew the dogs would be right there with her:) Then she and I headed into Old Town Alexandria where we hit the train station and she did tree pose, right there. She had just been able to do tree again recently on the side that was affected by the stroke. We tooled around the streets, she ran, she played in leaves and she meditated under a beautiful tree.

Check Paige and her musings out at PaigesYoga.com. It has been wonderful to reconnect with her and I’m so grateful she trusted me to capture her, where she is right now.

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Serenity Now | VA/MD/DC Yoga & Personal Branding Photographer

Serenity now. And not the Seinfeld, Frank Costanza version! But real, true serenity now is what I was honored to photograph a couple of weeks ago. Faith, who I know through Pure Prana Yoga Studio, wanted some yoga photos and headshots, personal branding is what I would call it. Faith teaches Yin Yoga as well as restorative and therapeutic yoga with the goal of making it accessible to everyone and their unique needs. If you’ve never done a restorative type yoga class, stop what you are doing and go to one of Faith’s classes at Pure Prana or the Yogi Underground. This type of yoga is SO needed in our lives of running around and trying to power through everything. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Faith wanted to make sure that the photos showed the quiet and stillness of the practice, basically the serenity. Well that wasn’t hard because the moment you meet Faith her energy exudes just this. So it wasn’t hard to capture what is innately there. I also wanted to take her outside, in nature, where that quiet, calm energy also resides. Combine Faith with that and hello relaxation:)

Thank you Faith, so much, for such a wonderful morning. And now, prepare to be relaxed by simply gazing upon Faith’s beautiful essence.

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September Sunshine | Purcellville, VA Photographer | Project 365

Another frigid day means we need another reminder that this will go away and soon enough it will be a sunny, gorgeous, warm day in September, Just like the day I did Rachel’s photoshoot.

Wow! What a gorgeous day and amazing photo shoot this was! Rachel was in need of some headshots, yoga shots and other promo kind of shots for her new website www.yogafordigestion.com and her blog capriciousyogi.com. When we met she said that she simply wanted the photos to show her fun and cheery personality. No problem! I met Rachel in yoga teacher training five years ago and if there’s anyone who is fun, bubbly and cheery, it’s her.

We met at Fields of Flowers in Purcelleville. Rachel is like a gorgeous flower in bloom so why not a flower farm, right? Plus there was a cool red barn and an awesome field to get those expansive, totally free and liberated yoga shots. But oh my, there were some gnats!

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Then we went to her in-laws place also in the Purcelleville area. Uh, yeah, can I shoot all my clients here??? The home, farm, woods, art installation, it was all amazing. What a gorgeous place. By the time we started shooting here things were totally flowing.

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I’m not sure what I said to Rachel to get this shot but if this doesn’t capture her joyful and fun personality I don’t know what does!

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And Rachel was so awesome to indulge me. I had been wanting to get some woodland nymph/fairy type shots with a tulle skirt. I made the skirt, we pieced together the fun costume and then went into the woods. It could not have worked out any better. I think she must secretly put on a tulle skirt and frolick around in the woods at dusk. This was all so natural for her. Thank you Rachel!

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Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodhah | Northern VA Photographer | Project 365

Yo what?? Yogash Chitta Vritti Nirodhah. Yoga is the stilling of the flucuations of the mind. Or that’s one way to translate it.

Back in December I met up with Lizzie, a local yoga teacher, who needed some headshots and yoga shots. Something I wanted to capture with Lizzie’s photos was that stillness that yoga is. Lizzie wanted the quiet and calm as well as the joy. Well, with her fabulous smile the joy was there. Lizzie is full of life and light! We got together at Pure Prana where I teach. The light there is fantastic, dramatic but soft.

And, you wouldn’t think having yoga photos taken would be very hard work. Uh, think again. For the teacher, they are holding poses for quite a long time. For the photographer, you are sliding around, standing up, sitting down, bending, crouching. Needless to say we both got a great workout:) Thank you Lizzie!

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Yogaahhhh | Northern VA Photographer | Project 365

Earlier this year I was trying to define exactly where I want to go with photography. Who and what do I want to be photographing? One of the items on that list is yoga, yoga teachers and movement. So when Sara posted on the DC Yoga Teachers Collective that she wanted some new yoga photos I commented back with my website and to contact me if she wanted to work together. Lucky for me there were several other teachers on that thread totally telling her to contact me:)

I’m also a yogini and yoga teacher. I know what a pose should look like but more important, what it should FEEL like. And I think I capture those feelings pretty well:) On top of that I can help to cue — lift the heart, extend through the finger tips, find the stillness — to help really capture the feeling that yoga can give us.

This shoot with Sara was great. The studio captured the stillness, and the outdoors captured the freedom and expansiveness that come with a yoga practice. Sara ‘s style is a free flow or Prana flow. She wanted to capture the joy of movement that is yoga and the humbleness of gratitude. And of course Sara’s energy was amazing not to mention her grace and beauty as she flowed through the afternoon.  Thank you Sara!

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